It was clear that the Herald had decided how Ratana would play this year: eveyone loves Key, Goff gets the cold shoulder. It didn’t matter what actually happened, that was going to be the Herald’s narrative:
You would think those headlines had been written before the event. They have no relationship what actually happened according to every other media outlet:
RNZ: Labour leaves Ratana feeling secure in support 
TVOne: Labour recieve warm welcome at Ratana
Tv3: Goff: reception at Ratana warm, relationship healthy 
Dompost: Goff scoffs at claim of losing church
Even Matthew Hooton didn’t think that dog would hunt. He described Goff as looking like a strong leader. Watching the video from last night, it’s hard to deny that Labour and Goff in particular got the warm reception that Labour should get at Ratana considering the strength of that relationship and all that Labour has achieved for Maori with the aid of Ratana backing.
But, for mine, the most interesting quote from the weekend was Pita Sharples on Labour: “the ideals of Labour are still ours too”
I look forward to the day your party starts living up to them, Pita. Maybe once Turia goes the Maori Party can rejoin the Left.